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Outlook on Africa’s Gaming Industry 2020-2025 – Mobile Gaming Will Hold a Major Market Share

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The “Africa Gaming Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020-2025)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The gaming industry is expected to register a CAGR of 12% during the forecast period (2020-2025). The most recent trend is the growing availability and popularity of multi-functional gaming console, which is emerging in the market and helping in growing the market of video games in the region.

Africa is the only region in the world where the youth population is increasing. By 2050 Africa’s young people, i.e., those aged between 0 and 24 years old, will increase by nearly 50 percent. Africa will have the most significant number of young people. Africa’s youth are critical to the continent’s future when it comes to mobile and gaming as a whole.

African studios are making new inroads by launching original locally produced content on Netflix. Several local content productions have been nominated for several global awards, including the Oscars. The Annecy Festival in 2020 will be focusing on animation from Africa. In addition to this, government initiatives in the region are adopting gaming solutions for educational purposes. Developments such as these will provide opportunities for the gaming industry in the area.

During the lockdown, the Entertainment streaming and gaming industries are thriving. The global suspension or cancellation of most sporting events has left punters without live games to bet on, aside from re-runs of filmed matches. The knock-on effect is that sports betting, which accounts for most of the industry’s revenue, has crashed to almost nil.

While the traditional gambling industry is facing unparalleled losses, online gambling sites have reported a surge in activity since the national lockdown came into effect on 27 March 2020. While online casinos worldwide have reported a sharp increase in gambling, as lockdown periods are extended, and financial stresses intensify, people may become increasingly hesitant to spend money on non-essential pastimes, such as gambling.

Key Market Trends

Mobile Gaming Segment Expected to Have Major Market Share

  • Mobile gaming generates close to half of the revenue that the gaming industry gets annually. More than 200 million Africans are below 35 years, and this figure might double in a decade. Africa has a huge market for gaming and smartphone companies.
  • Mobile gaming is gaining popularity in remote parts of Africa. For example, more than 290 million people in North Africa use mobile phones. The mobile market in the region generates $90 billion annually.
  • One of the major drivers for the growth of mobile gaming is the potential to spawn a massive real-money gaming industry around the continent. Mobile tech spreads around the continent, large swaths of Africa are also paving the way for legal betting and gaming.
  • However, acceleration in network rollouts by mobile operators in Sub-Saharan Africa has been a vital driver of the reduction in the coverage gap. Infrastructure deployment in Sub-Saharan Africa increased 3G coverage from 63% in 2017 to 70% in 2018, extending access to more than 80 million people. 3.3 billion people live in areas covered by mobile broadband networks but do not use mobile internet – this usage gap’ is more than four times greater than the coverage gap. Such factors might harm gaming companies operating in the region.

Issues Such as Piracy, Laws & Regulations, and Concerns Relating to Fraud During Gaming Transactions will Impact the Growth of the Market

  • Most African countries have gaming commissions and laws that regulate gambling. South Africa has clear gaming laws and regulations. It was the first country to create gambling regulation in the continent. Also, online casinos are popular in the country.
  • In South Africa, several legislative attempts to further restrict online gambling and payment transactions of unlicensed operators have been postponed in recent years. However, some legislators and regulators at the provincial level have called for a less restrictive regime.
  • There is currently an ongoing political and religious debate on the perceived high number of minors accessing gambling. As a result, in May 2019, the minister of finance urged the National Gaming Board (NGB) to stop issuing gaming and betting licenses immediately. The government restricted gambling advertising as of January 2019. Additional measures to ensure responsible gambling and revenue collection to the state budget are on the list.
  • A new advocacy organization designed to collaborate, coordinate, partner, build and sustain the growth of esports on the continent has been formed. ESFA or The Esports Federation of Africa is established by a community of both private esports entities, and national federations. WESCO affiliates it. With the launch of the ESFA, African gamers now have a voice, an advocate, an organization with grassroots developments of players at its core. These will provide better opportunities and therefore strengthen the local market in the region.

Competitive Landscape

The gaming market is fragmented as the demand for online games, and increasing penetration of mobile applications across the region will help attract new players in this market over the next few years. Recent developments in the market are:

  • In May 2020, Sony announced new PlayStation Studios branding for its first-party PS5 games. Sony will be using the new PlayStation Studios brand for its first-party exclusives going forward as a way to let customers know that a game comes from one of Sony’s in-house development teams.
  • In August 2019, Konami Digital Entertainment BV announced that the mobile version of e-Football PES 2020 would be released in October, and it represents a complete overhaul of the current PES 2019 mobile game. The latest major update to the PES Mobile series, which celebrated over 200 million downloads earlier this year, brings many of the critical features and licenses already announced for e-Football PES 2020 on PC and console.

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Entain Launches Bwin in Zambia

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Entain, the global sports betting, gaming and interactive entertainment group, has announced the launch of bwin, its leading sports betting brand, on the Zambian market. Customers in Zambia will now be able to access a wide range of sports betting and casino offers.

“We are thrilled to enter the Zambian market which has one of the most highly regarded regulatory environments on the African continent. It was an obvious destination for our first launch in Africa given its stable economic and regulatory framework, which provides a great platform for growth. We are extremely confident that our new Zambian customers will love the unparalleled bwin brand experience with its exciting line-up of thousands of betting markets and hundreds of games,” bwin Africa Chief Marketing Officer Spencer Okach said.

bwin is the Official Partner of both the UEFA Europa League and Europa Conference League as well as the Official Partner of the German Football Association and national team.

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Superlotto Games boosts pan-African reach with GOAT Interactive

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Superlotto Games, an innovative developer of online live lottery, instant games and slots, has taken its product portfolio live with GOAT Interactive, a leading operator group servicing the African continent.

This new and exciting partnership will see Superlotto Games deliver its product suite to GOAT Interactive’s multiple operator brands, including Premier Bet, one of Africa’s most successful operators.

Quickly establishing itself as a studio renowned for delivering fast-paced and engaging titles, Superlotto boasts hugely impressive levels of player engagement and retention for operators.

One of the studio’s shining examples of its bespoke games production is the football-themed title Football, with GOAT Interactive the first to take advantage of Superlotto’s bespoke, customisable branding format for its games.

Designed to drive incremental revenue during this year’s World Cup, this game is sure to prove a key steppingstone for improved customer acquisition and retention ahead of the historic tournament.

This collaboration is the latest in a series of positive developments for Superlotto, having recently received BMM certification for South Africa, with extensive plans to continue building on its already impressive presence on the continent.

Commenting on the partnership, Milda Mikelioniene, Chief Commercial Officer at Superlotto Games, said: “We are thrilled to bring our high-quality games to GOAT Interactive’s players in Africa. With a strong presence in 20 countries and a number of sites live in the region, they represent the perfect partner for us to exhibit our next-level portfolio to an even wider audience.

“The quantity and quality of our games is well known within the industry – our partners always put their trust in us to deliver on tailor-made experiences, and we look forward to demonstrating our ability to do so with GOAT Interactive.”

Karen Hope, Director of Casino at GOAT Interactive, added: “We are always on the lookout for top-tier games to add to our market-leading sites, and Superlotto Games’ portfolio fits the bill.

“We want to provide players in Africa with only the best the industry has to offer, and Superlotto’s attention to detail in the realm of games development is second to none.”

Superlotto has become renowned as one of the fastest-rising stars in the industry, with an extensive portfolio of more than 80 online games and a number of high-profile partners that includes the Lithuanian Lottery, Latvian Lottery, Georgian Lottery, Betsson Group, Parimatch, Slotegrator, and BtoBet.

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PRAGMATIC PLAY EXPANDS SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTPRINT WITH WORLD SPORTS BETTING

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The provider grows its presence in South Africa with World Sports Betting

Pragmatic Play, a leading content provider to the iGaming industry, has extended its reach in South Africa through its latest partnership with World Sports Betting.

This latest agreement encompasses an array of Pragmatic Play verticals that will be delivered simultaneously including its award-winning slot titles. This comprises recent hits such as Striking Hot 5™ and Happy Hooves™ along with long-standing player favourites such as Sweet Bonanza™.

Additionally, Live Casino titles will be available to World Sports Betting, including classics such as Roulette and Blackjack, along with the highly innovative Boom City™

Other RNG products will also be included in the agreement, including Pragmatic Play’s Scratchcards containing the popular Wolf Gold Scratchcard™ and Queen of Gold Scratchcard™ games.

This deal highlights Pragmatic Play’s further expansion in the African Market as it continues to grow its brand exposure across the region, generating new leads that empower operators to gain traction.

Irina Cornides, Chief Operating Officer at Pragmatic Play, said: “South Africa and the wider African market provides an opportunity for additional growth that we are keen to continue exploring.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with World Sports Betting and to deliver multiple verticals to their player base simultaneously through this agreement. We are very excited to see the reception our content receive from players.”

Warren Tannous, Chief Executive Officer at World Sports Betting, said: “World Sports Betting is excited to announce the partnership with Pragmatic Play. Its product is going to be a great addition to our existing offering, and we look forward to being able to roll this out shortly.”

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